Seems to be in line with my experience, have you tried Ruben? They are easier than Cubero but since The Linares one hasn't arrived, don't know which is easier.
You mentioned earlier about not knowing if Linares was female or male reed; check here http://clip.dia.fi.upm.es/
, author states it works especially well on Seivane (Considered female gaitas).
Its curious, here in Portugal I haven't heard such terms (although I have heard some people saying Seivane makes gaitas for little girls; roughly translated
), and from the little I've been able to tell from Spanish sites and forums they seem to differentiate by school (line of makers) rather than gender, like Corral school or Seivane school. I have seen it referred by gender but always seem like a mocking tone (like here in Portugal).
See this passage: http://es.groups.yahoo.com/group/l-gaita/message/39009
"...distinguen por el timbre, más alto en las de la escuela de Corral (Gil, Oli, Cela, Castro...lo que algunos llaman 'gaitas macho', con más riqueza de armónicos), en que también interviene el tipo de 'palletas' que les conviene."
As far as reeds go, my gaita is closer to Corral than Seivane but Ruben reeds work just fine (and they work well on Seivane too, I've tried)so, I don't get the impression that they can be so easily divided.
Patricia Cela makes male ones (Corral School) right?